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    Popular times now includes live visit data

    This is a nifty little update. Is anyone seeing this live in the wild?

    Popular times now includes live visit data for eligible businesses, showing customers how busy a location is right now.
    11/21/2016
    https://support.google.com/business/.../6262887?hl=en
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    Re: Popular times now includes live visit data

    Yep, here are some screenshots. So cool.

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    Re: Popular times now includes live visit data

    Thanks Colan!

    I noticed it a couple days ago when I was shopping for a groomer for my puppy.

    "showing customers how busy a location is right now."

    To see how well it works we can just check ToysRus or Walmart on Black Friday.
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    Re: Popular times now includes live visit data

    FYI I think this is global. Seeing it here in Australia and often we're the last to see roll-outs.
    Still must be semi-beta as they provide a feedback link so viewers can report whether the live info is wonky or good.

    Here's one where the live data shows a significant difference to the standard traffic pattern


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    Re: Popular times now includes live visit data

    Good to know. Thanks Margaret!

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    Re: Popular times now includes live visit data

    How are they doing this? Tracking smartphones?

    Edit: answered my own question:

    "To determine popular times and visit duration, Google uses aggregated and anonymized data from users who have opted in to Google Location History."

    https://support.google.com/business/answer/6263531
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    Re: Popular times now includes live visit data

    Hi Josh
    Yes, the answer is there in your quote. Opted in to G location history.
    That's avail on android, iphone, ipad AFAIK.
    https://support.google.com/accounts/topic/7189122

    It's not going to be counting every person in the location. Given the penetration of those devices in the market, it's very likely representing a majority of people a majority of the time.

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    Re: Popular times now includes live visit data

    The morning of BF I sent a screenshot of the live popular times to our Directory of Advertising. I soon had a knock on my door from one of the Executives asking for me to screenshot our stores and competitors stores every hour... they were really excited about it.

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